Hunt Showdown mixes some of the biggest current gaming genres into something that it is unique and most importantly fun. Think of Resident Evil 7, PUBG and Red Dead Redemption 2 had a baby and you are on your way to getting a feel for this one.
The gameplay is simple and solid. A player picks the weapons then finds a game, this can be alone our with up to two other players. The players are then dropped in to the Louisiana Bayou, and the hunt is on. There is a twist though, you are not alone, there are many enemies to fight along the way. From normal Zombies to the much harder dogs and armoured enemies. If that’s not enough for you, then there are other teams also hunting for the boss.
Once a boss has been found, it is a case of kill it as fast as possible. Now considering the weaponry is things like one shot rifles, this can take some time. Once the boss is down, it starts a two-minute banishment ritual. This ritual appears on the map for all the other hunters to see. Meaning some freaking stressful fights, as death is permanent. There are three bosses, The Butcher, a powerhouse that lumbers towards the player, The Assassin that changes in to swarms of insects and lastly The Spider, an arachnophobe’s worse nightmare. Even after defeating a boss and completing the ritual, the team gets a token and needs to make it to the extraction point.
To track down a boss, clues need to be found, unless you are lucky enough to find it without the clues. To find clues players will use magic. This turns the screen black with washed out grey and white making little blue floating dots, this will show the clues and the boss.
There are loads of guns to unlock, each lending towards a different playstyle. There is no auto reload here, so monitoring the bullet count is essential. If you carry a shotgun, it is not like COD where two shells in the gun and 8 are loaded, it will be 8 shells. You do not want to be left short in a gunfight.
I liked the fact that there are so many things happening on the map, not only did the world feel alive, it was also tense putting me on edge all the way though my games. I am not a fan of battle-royale games, but as Hunt Showdown has PvE elements and objectives, it did not feel like PUBG. The different types of gameplay that can be utilised stealth, distraction, all out slaughter of the other teams or even just sit back and wait for the ritual makes the gameplay aired. Even though the gameplay can be changed by the players, there is only three bosses and two maps making for a distinct lack of content.